Wednesday marks the second anniversary of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry’s death. To mark the occasion, a memorial and headstone will be unveiled at his grave site in Congressional Cemetery.
“It was a process. Very painstaking, but a labor of love,” his widow Cora Masters Barry told WUSA9’s Bruce Johnson.
She said private donations paid for the memorial. She called it a fitting tribute to Barry, who was a Civil Rights leader who also served as the Ward 8 representative to the D.C. Council.
Barry encouraged people to visit the memorial and reflect on what the so-called “Mayor for Life” did for the District and the people he served.
“He has a big following, so, yes, it is a place that I want everybody to be comfortable going and then when you go there you’ll have an essence of him,” Barry said.
Marion Barry died from cardiac arrest on November 23, 2014. He was 78 years old.